View Vacancy - Trade and Investment Intern, Department for Business and Trade, (FRA23.550)

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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) team at the British Embassy Paris is recruiting three fixed six-month internships from January 2024 to June 2024 (pending security clearances).


DBT’s main focus is to deliver economic growth for the UK. In short, DBT helps businesses to grow, export, invest and create jobs. The DBT team in France works from the British Embassy in Paris and from offices in Bordeaux and Lyon. Interns will join a dynamic group of around 35 colleagues focused on promoting trade and investment between the UK and France and furthering business ties between both countries. There will be opportunities to collaborate with colleagues working across the Embassy on issues such as economic relations, science & innovation and communications & outreach.

These 6-month internships are an excellent introduction to how the UK government supports businesses that are expanding internationally and, more generally, to how the commercial section of an Embassy works. We are looking for ambitious candidates with a drive to make the most of the opportunities made available by the internship.  The work will be demanding and, to get the most from this opportunity, the interns would need to be flexible, committed self-starters able to juggle priorities and work on a wide variety of projects on tight timelines. In return, we offer real responsibility in a supportive, dynamic and collegiate environment.  Interns would normally join a priority-sector team, focused on providing support to UK exporters to France and to French investors into the UK. Should successful candidates have an interest or relevant experience in a particular area of the teams’ work we will do our best to assign projects and tasks that align with those preferences.

The internship can be a fantastic springboard for future careers in government or business. Previous interns have gone on to secure permanent roles in the DBT France team and elsewhere in UK Government. The recruitment process will particularly focus on the individual’s motivation to work in the DBT France team and on testing for specific behaviours including delivering at pace, managing a quality service, seeing the bigger picture, and communicating and influencing. We are committed to providing all interns with substantive professional development, both in terms of exposure and impact.

Interns are valued and full members of the team at the Department for Business and Trade, and we passionately believe that teams are most effective when they reflect the diversity of the people we serve in France, the UK and beyond. We particularly encourage applications from candidates who may not have considered a career in economic and trade diplomacy before, perhaps from traditionally under-represented socio-economic backgrounds in France, and those who – while highly motivated by international trade – may incorrectly believe that their academic background or English language competence would make them unsuccessful in competing for these roles.

We accept applications in both English and French.

DBT is open to candidates applying on a full-time and part-time basis however, we have a preference for applicants able to commit to three full days per week minimum. Equally, if a candidate cannot commit for the full six months of the internship, we’re open to discussing slightly shorter internships.

Roles & Responsibilities

Interns will gain a combination of research, drafting and advisory skills; analytical and commercial skills, and delivery at pace of a balance of operational and project-based tasks. In particular:

  • Provision of tailored information and support to UK companies in a cross-section of sectors, including new exporters and companies new to the French market.
  • Research into trade and investment trends, new opportunities across France; and prioritised industries and sectors
  • Planning and delivery of commercial events aimed at supporting UK exporters to access the French market and French companies to learn about the UK as an investment destination
  • Working level proficiency in English and French (B2 and above) - (both written and spoken for CEFR framework) however, candidates can choose to complete their application and conduct an interview in either English or French
  • A motivated, flexible, committed self-starter
  • Good IT skills, with a focus on the suite of Microsoft Office products
  • A demonstrable interest in business and international trade but not necessarily through academia
  • Some experience in a client-facing role, or customer service experience.
  • Some experience of working in a project environment or of juggling competing priorities, whether in a work or personal context
  • Excellent oral and written skills
Seeing the Big Picture, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing
29 October 2023
full-time 35 h/per week or part-time (min. 3 full working days/ week)
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
€1,000 gross per month, including benefits (Pass Navigo / Tickets Restaurant)
1 January 2024
30 June 2024

At the beginning of your internship you should be able to provide with convention de stage provided by your university/higher education establishment and liability insurance to cover your period of internship at the British Embassy.

All appointments are subject to professional background checks, and a satisfactory security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to provide a copy of his/her passport or national identity card for all nationalities held, an up-to-date criminal record (casier judiciaire) for recent countries of residence (which can be obtained online at ), two written proofs of address (utility invoices and/or bank statements) and two references.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in France are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local French employment law and FCDO guidance for Country Based Staff. The posts we offer are not an entry point into the UK’s Diplomatic Service.

Visa/work permit requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in France and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline” and accordingly to the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be advised that the UK Mission will not be able to meet any cost during the Recruitment and Selection process, Security Check nor the costs connected with relocation.

*Please note for more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment  levels  please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your language skill is going to be assessed.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.